It was the spectacular eruption in 1912 of the Novarupta volcano that brought scientists and researchers to this area. In 1919, Geographic Harbor was discovered in the previously uncharted Amalik Bay.
Part of Alaska's “Katmai coast,” this is one of the prime areas in this region for bear viewing. The waters of Geographic Harbor are blessed with the best shallow water Halibut, Ling Cod and Rockfish in Alaska. These fishing grounds are dotted with seals, otters, innumerable sea birds and often a panoramic display of whales.
Whale watching in Katmai National Park is an exciting experience.
The Katmai Coast is well known for its coastal brown bear viewing. In August and September, the salmon runs are at full swing on the coast and the bears are fishing in the river. The Katmai coastal bear experience is simply unforgettable and provides unique opportunities for photographers, naturalists and nature enthusiasts of all experience levels. By following a few simple rules and the instructions of experienced bear guides, viewers and bears can safely co-exist. This trip is a must for those wishing to see Alaska at its wildest.
For Cruise passengers wishing to fly to their embarkation point, the flight over the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, inside Katmai National Park and the myriad Alaskan glaciers, is worth the trip by itself.
The Alaska Cruise season begins in May and ends in September. Although July and August are the warmest months to experience these incredible sites, autumn and spring are the most fun, the most beautiful and the savings are the best.
Be prepared for one season colder than the time you are traveling. This is especially important for those who travel early and late in the season. The average temperature range is from overnight lows of 4c to daytime temperatures of 17c.